When LA residents flush their toilets, it’ll wind up fertilizing crops in Kings County. By the end of the year, LA’s human waste will trucked north - applied to some 30,000 acres of farm land - and fertilize crops that will be fed to cattle. The first shipment is expected to arrive in October.
LA’s dried poo has been shipped to the whimsically- named “Green Acres” farm near Bakersfield for years. Officials there voted this week to ask the California Supreme Court to uphold a voter-approved ban on the use of sewage sludge from LA - citing fears of pharmaceutical and heavy-metal wastes entering the food chain, and leaching into the Kern Aquifer water supply underground.